Reviews

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LOVE GASOLINE! (CalArts Festival Theater): Edinburgh Fringe 2017

What Fringe Festival? The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Phindie writer Kathryn Osenlund visited Scotland to see some shows from the home of Fringe. This one’s a tough show to either understand…

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FAGIN’S TWIST (Avant Garde Dance Company and The Place): Edinburgh Fringe 2017

What Fringe Festival? The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Phindie writer Kathryn Osenlund visited Scotland to see some shows from the home of Fringe.

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LADY MACBETH: UNSEX ME HERE (Company Chordelia and Solar Bear): Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Phindie writer Kathryn Osenlund visited Scotland to see some shows from the home of Fringe.’

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CATHY (Ali Taylor): Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Phindie writer Kathryn Osenlund visited Scotland to see some shows from the home of Fringe.

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Theater in Sketch: TOMMY AND ME (Theatre Exile)

Looking at the past, TOMMY AND ME carries us into the psychological interaction between dreams and reality.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar August 2017

What’s on stage?

The National Touring Company of WICKED. Photo by Joan Marcus.

WICKED (National Tour at Academy of Music): Something wizard this way comes

The sets are lavish, the stagecraft is spectacular, and WICKED satisfies every requirement for a Big Broadway Musical.

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MOON OVER BUFFALO (People’s Light): A few doors short of a farce

Why did People’s Light exhume this largely forgotten play from its well-deserved obscurity?

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Summer Series 2017 (BalletX): The beauty of human movement

The viewer is left with an uplifting feeling and sense of togetherness

Rudy Caporaso as Hamlet and Susanna Herrick as the Player Queen in REV Theatre Company’s production of HAMLET.

HAMLET (REV Theatre Company): “For the apparel oft proclaims the man” Fashion-forward styling updates HAMLET

REV Theatre Company creates a powerful rendition of HAMLET through scenery and clothing

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THE NEW & IMPROVED STAGES OF GRIEF (Act II): Laughing through tears

Philadelphia’s queen of comedy takes on a dark subject with humor and heart.

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THE NERD (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

Larry Shue’s 1979 farce has seen better days.

Mother Emanuel cast. Front LtR, Lauren Morgan, Christopher Augustin, Sabriaya Shipley. Back, Christian Branch. Image by Ethimo Foto.

MOTHER EMANUEL—AN AMERICAN MUSICAL PLAY (New Freedom Theatre): Taking the theater to church

New Freedom Theatre honors Emanuel Nine in new musical by creating a gospel celebration that honors their lives

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PROJECT DAWN (People’s Light): The hug or the hammer

A well-intentioned but dull play about an important legal program in Philadelphia.

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FUN HOME (national tour at Forrest Theatre): A study in want

There was a perfection to the timing of FUN HOME’s arrival in Philadelphia: Another take on FUN HOME

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Revisiting PARROT TALK: A play distilled mid-run

Those fortunate enough to see both renditions of PARROT TALK witnessed in real-time flow the distillation of creative genius.

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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Walnut): Stayin’ Alive

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is a white-washed adaptation of the classic movie, with double the music and none of the soul. Director/choreographer Richard Stafford seems terrified of losing audience attention for…

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FUN HOME (national tour at Forrest Theatre): Hiding who you are is likely to be tragic

FUN HOME is both a musical and a family drama; it’s also an activist declaration

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UNCLE VANYA (Quintessence): Tedious boring people

Good productions of Chekhov remind us of how vital his work still can be. Bad productions feed the narrative that his plays are dated, charmless, and inconsequential.

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ANNE-MARIE MULGREW AND DANCERS COMPANY: Marvels in our daily lives

Dance is one of our most natural ways to communicate and express our thoughts.